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PROTECTING AGAINST UNCERTAINTY Sycamore Wealth's Managing Partner Grant Benjamin is interviewed by award-winning financial journalist, Marc Shoffman. From Brexit to the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn government, there is plenty of uncertainty to spook investors. Grant Benjamin, Managing Partner of Mill Hill-based wealth management advisory firm Sycamore Wealth, warns that while there is no need to panic it is an important moment to undertake a review of your financial planning arrangements. It has been more than three-years since the UK voted to exit the European Union and, as we head towards another ‘deadline’ to leave, there are fears of what a no deal Brexit could do to the economy. The value of the pound has fallen to record lows and the traditionally safe haven asset of gold has reached a record high as Prime Minister Boris Johnson commits to a “do or die” Brexit. But Benjamin says that waiting and doing nothing with your money now could prove to be a significant mistake. He says: “The biggest consequence of the Brexit saga is uncertainty, but this is the time to get your financial planning in place. “Some people are making the mistake of saying, once we know the outcome, then we’ll do our planning. But the horse will have bolted. Now is the time to put money into structures that afford protection against differing scenarios so you are not potentially hamstrung from doing so later.”

“The biggest consequence of the Brexit saga is uncertainty, but this is the time to get your financial planning in place.” Benjamin adds that history has proven that parking your money in ‘cash’ accounts while things ‘settle down’ is actually counterproductive. He says: “Staying invested is a solid principle of financial planning. The most significant cause of poor longterm investment performance is ‘days out of the market’. Make sure your money is suitability invested in terms of risk level and is actively managed. It’s not the time to sit in cash and see it eroded by inflation. Re-investing when things ‘feel’ better will inevitably mean having missed out on some of the best days of growth.” Beyond Brexit, he says many of his clients’ biggest fear is the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn government, especially given

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Measles surge among London’s Charedi children Public health officials have revealed how 300 cases of measles were reported in north London’s Orthodox Jewish community in the first five months of 2019 alone – a staggering 72 percent higher than the London average, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Following an investigation by Jewish News, health bosses have described the Orthodox outbreak for the first time this week, with Public Health England (PHE) saying it was “now thankfully over.” The 300 cases of measles “associated with the Orthodox Jewish community” between 1 January and 31 May 2019 were detected in the boroughs of Hackney and Haringey, a PHE spokeswoman said. To put that figure into perspective, there has been a full-year average of just 174 cases across all London boroughs between 2012 and 2018. Orthodox leaders have told JN

300 cases of measles were linked to Orthodox Jews in Hackney and Haringey earlier this year

that “misinformation, particularly from America,” had been feeding a communal reluctance to vaccinate, but that a process of “education” alongside extra clinics had seen numbers finally come down. The outbreak in the Orthodox community comprises both laboratory-confirmed cases and likely cases, defined as having “the clinical features of measles” and being “linked to another case of

measles that has been laboratory confirmed”. PHE said the outbreak was now over after levels “dramatically reduced thanks to good attendance at MMR [measles, mumps and rubella] vaccination clinics in the area, highlighting the importance of ensuring as many people as possible have received both doses of the MMR vaccine”. Health protection consultant Dr Anita Bell said: “Measles can spread very easily among anyone who has not had two doses of the MMR vaccine, particularly children, and this is why large outbreaks can occur in local communities. “We have seen this happening in Hackney and Haringey earlier this year but due to good attendance at vaccination clinics the number of cases has dropped down to levels seen prior to the outbreak.” Last week Jewish News revealed that at the start of 2019, MMR vaccination rates among children in Continued on page 8


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Jewish News 12 September 2019

News / Angry MPs / Speaker choice

Former Labour MP is a Mann of honours Former Labour MP John Mann used his imminent exit from the Commons this week to criticise Jeremy Corbyn’s record as leader and blame the party’s four-year antisemitism crisis on him, writes Adam Decker. Mann, who was made a life peer in Theresa May’s honours list on Tuesday, is set to stand down after 18 years in the Commons to take up the full-time post as the Government’s antisemitism tsar. He said he could not campaign for Corbyn knowing he could become prime minister, and told The Sunday Times he would “never forgive” his left-wing leader for allowing the party to be “hijacked” by antisemites. Labour has ejected high-profile figures from the party, including Corbynista MP Chris Williamson, as well of dozens of activists, after claims of antisemitism were lodged against them. Luciana Berger, who quit the party in February and this week joined the Liberal Democrats, claimed Labour had become “institutionally antisemitic” since Corbyn’s election as leader in 2015. There have also been criticisms that

John – soon to be Lord – Mann [right] had a televised clash with Ken Livingstone

Labour has been too slow to carry out investigations into complaints of antisemitism. Mann has reignited the debate after launching a tirade against Corbyn. The 59-year-old, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group against antisemitism,

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told the newspaper: “Corbyn has given the green light to the antisemites and, having done so, has sat there and done nothing to turn that round. Every time I go into a meeting with a group of Jewish people, I wince when they raise the issue of the Labour Party and Corbyn. “It is impossible to overstate the anger that I have about that. He has not just hijacked my political party – he has hijacked its soul and its

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ethics. I will never forgive him for that.” The Eurosceptic, who voted against opposition moves to block a no-deal Brexit on Tuesday, said he was “not prepared to lie” to voters, having admitted encouraging support for the party in the 2017 general election on the proviso that Corbyn was unlikely to win. “I can’t do that this time and I’m not prepared to lie to my voters. And neither am I prepared to tell them that Corbyn is appropriate to be prime minister. Because I don’t think he is,” he said. Theresa May appointed Mann her adviser on tackling antisemitism in one of her last acts as prime minister, but her successor, Boris Johnson, has since upgraded the role. Mann said: “The Jewish community is the canary in the cage for the health of everybody else and society… I have no fear in challenging antisemitism wherever it needs challenging and will introduce effective systems to do that.” The Labour Party has yet to respond to Mann’s criticisms, but in a reply earlier this year to questions on its handling of antisemitism complaints, a party spokesman said: “Labour is taking decisive action against antisemitism, doubling the number of staff dedicated to dealing with complaints and cases.”

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year, launched an attack on Corbyn in a debate requested by the Labour leader on the rule of law. “I left the Labour Party to shine a spotlight on the disgrace it’s become under his leadership because I regard myself as proper, decent, traditional Labour. Not like the extremists who have taken over this party and are dragging it into the mud,” he said. “[The] Leader of the Opposition, the Shadow Chancellor, [have] spent their entire time in politics working with, defending, all sorts of extremists, in some cases terrorists and antisemites.” Lewis, the MP for Bury, who quit Labour last year after sexual misconduct claims – which he denies – told MPs: “Because [Corbyn’s] leadership has the led to the party of anti-racism and equality becoming the party of institutionalised antisemitism, so much so… that the majority of Jews in this country feel they would not be safe in the event of him becoming prime minister.”

HOYLE IS SPEAKER FAVOURITE The favourite to succeed John Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons has led the fight to protect Jewish and Muslim MPs from online abuse, calling on social media companies to do more. Sir Lindsay Hoyle, currently the Deputy Speaker, told the Home Affairs Select Committee in March 2017 that Jewish female MPs “face the worst of it” and that he had personally met several to discuss their security. Asked about threats to Muslim women, he said: “We also have female Jewish MPs who

are targeted no differently. Hatred is being portrayed in exactly the same way. It is much broader. They really do face the worst of all of it.” Describing how Parliamentary security prioritises MPs thought to be most at-risk, he added: “We take it on board, and that is the starting point: the one who is most likely to be under attack and vulnerable.” Also in the mix to replace Bercow as Speaker is veteran Labour MP Harriet Harman, a former minister who has chaired the Joint Committee on Human Rights since 2017.

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UK on election footing / News

Labour’s Golders Green candidate quits Barnet councillor Sara Conway has resigned as Labour’s candidate for the marginal seat of Finchley and Golders Green citing “personal matters”, writes Mathilde Frot. Conway revealed she was stepping down on Tuesday night, tweeting: “Due to personal matters I have decided to stand down as the Labour Party’s candidate for Finchley and Golders Green with immediate effect. I would like to thank the Finchley and Golders Green Labour Party for all their support over the past five months.” The announcement came on the

heels of Conway’s interview with Jewish News during which she said Labour’s antisemitism row had been “drummed up to such a level” it had become “an endless back and forth that doesn’t work”. The councillor had stressed that she was not seeking to “dismiss or push back” on claims, but added: “You can’t weaponise without there being a problem but this issue has been weaponised by certain commentators.” The comments drew criticism from incumbent MP Mike Freer, who said: “I condemn the idea that antisemitism

has been ‘weaponised’ or ‘drummed up.’ Tell that to the number of Labour activists and MPs like Dame Margaret Hodge.” Conway responded to Freer’s condemnation, saying: “In my earlier comments I was referring specifically to the right-wing press and farright commentators on social media, including those who have themselves promoted racist rhetoric, who use this issue as a political football to create polarisation and division – which can undermine our fight against antisemitism.”

Berger gets warm Lib Dem welcome MP Luciana Berger, who joined the to confirm speculation she could run in “institutional antisemitism.” Speaking after joining the Lib Dems, Liberal Democrats last week, said she London, telling the newspaper: “That’s she said: “This is a moment of national not in my gift — that lies with the party.” was “overwhelmed” by the warm reception she received Berger was the second MP to join crisis. The Liberal Democrats are unein her new party. the Liberal Democrats last week, quivocal in wanting to stop Brexit and are Berger told The Times after Tory ex-minister Phillip Lee committed to securing Britain’s future as a crossed the floor to the Lib Dem tolerant, open and inclusive society. she was extended a warm “I am joining Jo Swinson and the Libbenches. She quit Change UK in welcome in Jo Swinson’s June after defecting from Labour eral Democrats, in the national interest, party, which stood in “stark contrast” to earlier this to offer a vital, positive alternative to year. Previ- Johnson and Corbyn and help build a her experience as a ously, she future that our country deserves.” Labour MP. Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson said was among The Liverseven MPs she was “delighted” to welcome Berger pool Wavertree GAD_Wills&Probate_2019_JewishNews_128mm x 165mm_Layout 14/06/2019 1 the fold. into to1quit Labour, 11:43 citing Page MP refused Luciana Berger

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Charities team up to boost ‘We’re joining forces to offer greater choice’ learning disability services BY DR BEVERLEY JACOBSON, RICHARD

The community’s three biggest learning disability organisations this week launched an unprecedented joint consultation to assess the demand for their services, writes Mathilde Frot. Charities Kisharon, Langdon and Norwood are teaming up to evaluate learning disability care provision and demand in the community, with a report detailing their findings expected to be published early next year. Families, teachers responsible for special educational needs and local authorities were urged this week to participate in the consul-

tation through focus groups and interviews. Figures from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research estimated in 2017 that some 23,000 Jews in the UK have some form of a learning disability, ranging from dyslexia to Down’s syndrome. Research carried out by Kisharon suggests a growing number of young people were identified as having learning disabilities. Langdon says the rate of referrals for its supported living service and college indicates there is a level of unmet need within the community. Meanwhile, Norwood has seen

People supported by Kisharon with participants from Langdon and Norwood at this year’s Maccabi Fun Run

a rising need for support at the point of diagnosis in very young children, most of whom will need some form of support throughout their lives. Norwood’s chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson said: “Individuals with learning disabilities have higher expectations for their lives than they did 10 years ago. “This has led to an increase in demand for our services at a time when there is less funding and a shortage of accommodation.” She added: “We can solve this complex challenge far better together than we can each on our own.” The organisations have been wary of duplication in services, but Kisharon’s chief executive Richard Franklin stressed each of them has “its own distinct ethos and caters to a different need in the community”. “What we all recognise is the importance of prioritising the people we support in their relationship with the services on offer,” he added. To contribute please contact researchcoordinator@cordis


CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF NORWOOD, KISHARON & LANGDON Public perceptions of disability in the Jewish community and beyond have changed immeasurably over the past decade. With research showing that 7.4 percent of the Jewish population have some kind of learning disability, this has fuelled an increase in need for learning disability support across our community. At a time when an inordinate focus in discussing the challenges facing the social care sector is understandably placed on concerns about funding, as the chief executives of three of the largest providers of Jewish learning disability services for the community, we stand united in our commitment to support the rights of people with learning disabilities to make decisions for themselves. Greater choice and involvement in decision-making is an essential step on the path to empowering and ultimately achieving equality for people with learning disabilities. For the purposes of our organi-

sations, that means opening up the floor to the people we exist to support, listening to their, their families’ and supporters’ needs and concerns, so we can offer improved opportunities and better outcomes for them. This is why we have launched a joint consultation to gather feedback from people with learning disabilities, their families and the wider community on our current offering. This would serve to better ascertain where needs exist, and to take a fresh approach as to how we can improve our education, employment training opportunities and independent living support over the next 15 to 20 years. We consider it important to set a precedent in encouraging dialogue and understanding across our community to create the best possible impact from our available resources now, and in the future, and to help secure the best possible outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

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21st century Judaism / News

Great minds tasked with defining Judaism Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is among 30 renowned Jewish intellects advising a landmark conference in Jerusalem this week “to ensure a bright future� for world Jewry. The Our Common Destiny Initiative, a joint project of Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, strives to “strengthen the bonds among Jews worldwide�. Gathered from all over

the world, academics, activists, rabbis and community leaders are meeting to produce a draft declaration to be presented to the president. Rivlin, writing exclusively for Jewish News, is calling on Jews globally to engage in a year-long discussion, with the aim of producing a finalised ‘new spiritual and intellectual’ document, outlining shared values and principles. GPG president Ilia Salita

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said: “We invite Jews living in Israel and elsewhere to join in the crafting and completion of a document as ambitious as the Declaration of Our Common Destiny. We believe doing so has the potential to excite and engage Jews of all backgrounds. We know the initial draft will be improved by the input it receives from the Jewish community. This is Jewish crowd sourcing on a whole new level.� Sanford R Cardin, chair of Our Common Destiny’s Advisory Board, said the initiative “has the potential to become a generation-defining event� which can “strengthen IsraelDiaspora relations and world Jewry as a whole�. As well as Lord Sacks, Lord Jacob Rothschild is on the advisory board of the Our Common Destiny, while British academic Dr Robert Harris is a scholar. Other key figures include Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis.

Help write a Megillah to shape our Jewish future BY REUVEN RIVLIN PRESIDENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL This week, in Jerusalem, the capital of the Israel and the heart of the Jewish people, I received a draft of the Declaration of Our Common Destiny. The document, a roadmap for future relations between the Jewish people around the world, is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, the Genesis Philanthropy Group and Beit HaNasi. The paper was presented by more than 30 top thinkers from Israel and across the world, from all shades of the spectrum of Jewish life, and I want to thank them and the initiators of the project for being part of this important effort. Friends, the miracle of the Jewish people is not only that we survived for thousands of years. The real miracle is that, despite the fact that we were spread all over the world, speak different languages,


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and developed different traditions, we always were one people. Despite our differences, we re-mained bound by our shared history, our core values and beliefs, our Book of Books, and our commitment to improving the world. It helped that our enemies always saw us as one people. Our enemies didn’t differentiate between one stream of Judaism and another: for them we are all Jews. Today, we face a different kind of challenge. Communities around the world have integrated successfully into their home countries. This has created new challenges to identity and to the Jewish people. The future of the Jewish people depends on three things: preserving our core values, traditions and identity; mutual respect for our differences; and mutual

responsibility to each other. We must embrace our unity and our diversity. Our diversity not as a source of weakness, but a source of strength. Dear friends, when I say that the future of the Jewish people depends on preserving our identity, mutual respect, and mutual recognition, I also mean the future of the State of Israel. As a Jewish and democratic state, Israel is essential for the survival of the Jewish people. In the same way, a thriving Jewish people, our fifth tribe, is essential for the survival of the State of Israel. Today is just the start of the journey. From here, the paper will go on a Jewish ‘world tour’. I look forward to welcoming it back to Jerusalem after it has been enriched by all the different colours that make up the Jewish family. If we embrace our diversity while cherishing our shared history, it can truly serve as a set of principles for our common destiny – a roadmap for the future of the Jewish people.

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News / Winton honour / Anti-hate talks

Holocaust centre’s tribute to Sir Nicky A British man who saved close to 700 children from the Nazis will be honoured next week on the first anniversary of a Holocaust education centre in Yorkshire, writes Mathilde Frot. Barbara Winton will pay tribute to her late father, Sir Nicholas, on Sunday, alongside Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, one of the 669 children he saved. The two women will take to the stage in Huddersfield’s Holocaust Education and Learning Centre, with survivors and their families expected to listen to the pair share anecdotes and reflect on the present-day refugee crisis. Czechoslovakia-born Grenfell-Baines will discuss her story. Aged nine, she boarded a train – one of eight out of Prague organised by Sir Nicholas – with her sister Eva, then aged three. The pair were cared for by a foster family in England until they were reunited with their mother, who fled via Norway a year later.

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‘we don’t want enemy aliens here’, which is shocking but so resonant with what’s going on today,” she said. “However, many people took in children; some families even sent their own child away to a grandparent or aunt because they didn’t have room. Despite not being well off, they felt it was their duty to help.” The event will mark the £1 million museum’s first anniversary since it opened last year with lottery funding. It is the only resource of its kind in the north of England and delivers learning programmes exploring prejuAbove: Barbara Winton dice, extremism and intolerwith her late father Sir ance. Thousands of people, Nicholas. Inset: Lady including school pupils, have Milena Grenfell-Baines visited. Barbara sees paralIts interactive exhibition, lels between the lives entitled Through Our Eyes, her father helped to tells the stories of 16 survisave and the plight of refugees vors and refugees through today. “It’s extraordinary. There photographs, digital testimony, were newspaper headlines saying artefacts and film.

Football chiefs from the UK and US are due to speak at an international symposium aimed at tackling antisemitism in sport at a private research institution in New York later this month. Chelsea FC chairman Bruce Buck and New York Giants vice-president Don Sperling will be keynote speakers at Fordham University on 25 September. The symposium, presented in conjunction with Chelsea and New England Revolution’s ‘Final Whistle on Hate’ campaign, features athletes, agents, academics and journalists “sharing a global perspective on the realities of antisem-

itism, its interface with sports, and strategies for changing the playing field”. Among the speakers is Stephen Smith OBE, who founded the UK Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire in 1995 before helping to open Holocaust centres in Lithuania and South Africa. He currently holds the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. Other speakers will represent groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, the Auschwitz Institute, Yeshiva University and Maccabi USA, as well as Yael Averbuch, of the National Women’s Soccer League Players Association.

WILLIAMSON PRAISES MIRVIS Education Secretary Gavin Wil- vent the bullying of Jewish LGBT+ liamson has praised the Chief Rabbi students, with some calling it “blasfor producing a booklet for Jewish phemy”. schools to embed tolerance of LGBT+ However, Williamson said he was pupils into their ethos. not surprised at Mirvis’s intervenWilliamson was speaking tion, given his background at Kinloss, Finchley Synagrowing up in South Africa, gogue, on Tuesday evening where his father preached during this week’s Chief against apartheid and his Rabbi’s Conference, in mother was principal of front of 150 Jewish relithe first teacher training gious leaders. college for black teachers. Chief Rabbi Ephraim “I can’t imagine how Mirvis was criticised in much courage that must September last year after have taken for both of them,” publishing a guide to presaid Williamson. Gavin Williamson

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News / Boycott motion / Vaccination controversy

TUC passes Israel boycott motion The leaders of British trade unions passed a motion calling for an extensive boycott of Israel during an annual conference in Brighton on Wednesday, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Motion 75 at this year’s Trades Union Congress (TUC), called ‘Palestine: supporting rights to selfdetermination,’ was submitted by Artists’ Union England and accused the US and Israel of “destroying prospects for peace”. It called for TUC policy to “prioritise Palestinians’ rights to justice and equality, including by applying these principles based on international law to all UK trade with Israel”. It also called for the TUC to

“oppose any proposed solution for Palestinians, including Trump’s ‘deal’, not based on international law recognising their collective rights to self-determination and to return to their homes”. Ben Jamal, director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said it passed “overwhelmingly,” adding: “The message from every major union was clear: we understand the seriousness of the assault on the collective rights of the Palestinian people being mounted by Israel with the support of Trump and far-right allies.” He added that the unions recommitted to “ramp up the collective response and reaffirm support for a

policy of boycott and divestment”. The co-chair of Artists’ Union England is Zita Holbourne, whose artwork has been used for Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) campaigns. She sits on the TUC’s Race Relations Committee and cofounded United Black Labour for Jeremy Corbyn. The TUC, which has 5.6 million members, has adopted several similar motions in recent years. In 2010, it agreed to “encourage affiliates, employers and pension funds to disinvest from, and boycott the goods of companies who profit from illegal settlements, the occupation and the construction of the [security] wall”.

Fears over measles surge Continued from page 1 Hackney and Haringey had fallen by more than three percent since the year before, when rates nationally had fallen by only 0.4 percent. Addressing discredited rumours that it is linked to autism, she said: “The MMR vaccine is safe and free, and it’s never too late get immunised. If you are unsure if your children have had the full two doses of MMR,

speak to your GP who will have a record of the vaccinations they have received.” Rabbi Avroham Pinter, who chairs the Charedi Health Forum, said: “There was an issue. It is now contained but it has been quite challenging. There were a number of reasons for the outbreak, including misinformation relating to autism and Wakefield.” Pinter, who is also the principal at one of

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UNI PROF: ZIONISTS FUND ISLAMOPHOBIA Bristol University is not taking action against a professor for teaching students that “parts of the Zionist lobby” bankroll hatred of Muslims. The lecture, given by political sociology professor David Miller in February, prompted concerns from Jewish students, who felt “uncomfortable and intimidated”, according to a complaint, The Sunday Telegraph reported. A complaint from the Jewish Society was rejected by the university on the grounds the lecture did not contain material hostile to Jews. The material, released online by the Community Security Trust (CST), described “parts of” the Zionist movement as being among the “five pillars of Islamophobia”. A slideshow depicted a web of Jewish groups and individuals under the heading “Israeli government”. Students who gave testimony to the CST felt “distressed and frightened”, the community security charity tweeted. It is unacceptable that students, whether Jewish or not, “should be taught such an error-strewn & potentially damaging lecture”, the CST wrote on Sunday. But Miller denied teaching “conspiracy theories”, telling The Sunday Telegraph: “It is a matter of public record that Islamophobic organisations


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and movements are in receipt of funding from specific groups and individuals. Some of these are also prominent in the Zionist movement.” The Union of Jewish Students said: “Academic freedom does not extend to teaching material that implies the communal bodies of the Jewish community are in some way under the control of Israel, weaving a web of control and influence – a classic antisemitic trope. Until the University of Bristol starts listening to its Jewish students rather than dictating to them what is and isn’t antisemitism, Jewish students will not have trust in their institution to take anti-Jewish racism seriously.”

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World Cup committee, told The New York Times in 2017 that it would welcome Israeli visitors. “Everyone is welcome. It’s a simple answer: everybody is welcome,” he told the newspaper. However, to date, the Jewish state is not featured in Qatar’s online list of 244 nationalities and territories eligible for a visa. “We call on Fifa to uphold its code of ethics, which is premised on protecting international football from ‘illegal, immoral or unethical’ practices,” said StandWithUs CEO and co-founder Roz Rothstein. “If Qatar is allowed to ban Israeli fans from entering, this will reflect negatively on Fifa, which has made inclusion a primary hallmark of their ethos.” A report by the consultancy firm Cornerstone Global Associates, published last month, called on the country to urgently clarify its position on the issue. The report stressed that banning fans on the basis of nationality would breach Fifa’s code of ethics. Fifa has said Qatar’s 2022 World Cup committee is “fully aware” of its responsibility to adhere to its anti-discrimination statutes.


UK terror expert briefs Israel conference The UK head of counterterrorism policing this week told an Israeli conference that 22 plots have been foiled in Britain since March 2017. Neil Basu, speaking at the International Conference on CounterTerrorism in Herzliya, said seven of the planned attacks were linked to right-wing extremism. The Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner was speaking in defence of Prevent, the Government’s antiNeil Basu extremism scheme,

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Craig David’s at JLGB awards in less than 7 days Musician Craig David has said he is “really looking forward” to performing at a huge London event honouring young Jewish volunteers next week, which organisers described as “the hottest ticket in town”, writes Adam Decker. The Southampton-born R ’n’ B star, whose hits include 7 Days, is taking part in a JLGB awards ceremony for 1,200 people next Wednesday, 18 September, recognising those who have dedicated their free time to helping others. Any young person completing one of JLGB’s evolve awards or qualifications, including the Yoni Jesner Award, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, National Citizen Service, vInspired and the Open College Network, gets an invite to the exclusive bash. Organisers described it as a “landmark event” supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) and the #iwill Lottery Match Fund,

with Jewish News acting as proud media sponsor. “I’m really looking forward to being part of JLGB’s evolve celebration event rewarding outstanding contributions made by hundreds of remarkable young volunteers,” said David. “I can’t wait to see you there.” The musician, 38, who took six years out before reappearing in 2016, has now sold 15 million albums. His mother is Anglo-Jewish and his father is Anglo-Grenadian. His maternal grandfather was an Orthodox Jew and his maternal grandmother converted. There on the night will be Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Steve Hewlett, the ventriloquist and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, while JLGB alumni Sacha Johnstone, a professional magician, will host the event together with Cambridge student Jordana Price, one of JLGB’s young trustees. Johnstone and Price will be joined


PRAISED HEAPED ON SCOTS JEWS’ BODY The presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament has paid tribute to Scotland’s Jewish representative body for “building a reputation out of proportion to the size of the Jewish community”. Ken Macintosh made the comments during a meeting with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) in Glasgow, 20 years after the organisation emerged from its predecessor, the Standing Committee of Scottish Jewry. “SCoJeC has made a huge difference in the past 20 years,” he said. Singer Craig David will take centre stage at next week’s JLGB awards

by special guest announcer Colin McFarlane, the British actor who starred in Batman Begins and Doctor Who, and who currently narrates the popular TV game show The Cube. Marsha Gladstone, mother of Yoni Jesner, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack on a Tel Aviv bus in September 2002, will talk about how her son’s legacy as a young volunteer has inspired thousands of young people. GPG president Ilia Salita said the organisation was “delighted to support this landmark event to recognise and thank all young people who give

their time and their talents for others”. He added: “The remarkable contribution young volunteers make to the UK Jewish community and to society in general is something we can all be proud of. That is why this high-profile occasion, headlined by Craig David, is not just for volunteers themselves, but also for their families, teachers and all organisations that enable volunteering across the community. “We hope this celebration will encourage even more young people to sign up to the evolve platform and express their Jewish identity through helping others.”

JEWS AND MUSLIMS MUST ‘BE UNITED’ The Government’s Islamophobia adviser has told the Board of Deputies that the Jewish and Muslim communities “must stand together on hate”. Imam Qari Asim was speaking during an interfaith conference on Sunday. On a panel chaired by Board vice-president Edwin Shuker, Imam Asim said: “Our communities must stand together against hate, and the Board is right to empower more interfaith activists through events such as this conference.”

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Batmitzvah art raises £1,000 An amateur artist has raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK on her batmitzvah by selling her paintings in memory of her late grandmother. JCoSS pupil Jasmine Chadwick, 12, from Borehamwood, exhibited 22 prints of her work last Sunday at a restaurant in Bushey, including acrylics and water colours. “I like to paint magical fantasy type stuff, and some of the paintings were animals,” Jasmine said. “One of them was a giraffe, another was

a tiger and one was a peacock,” she said. “When I paint, I feel I’m achieving something.” The paintings were inspired by a gift Jasmine had received from her grandmother, Angela, who she died of lung cancer five years ago. Jasmine’s proud mother, Amanda, 44, told Jewish News: “My mum had a very strong connection with Jasmine. She was also an artist, and she liked ballet, and a lot of Jasmine’s paintings were from a book my mum had given her, which was of ballet illustrations.”


Jasmine Chadwick and one of her popular pieces of art

Jasmine also drew inspiration from a sedra delivered at her shul, Borehamwood and Elstree Masorti Synagogue. “There was a commentary saying there was a requirement to give a gift and make it unique and for the greater good. She wanted to achieve

that for her batmitzvah by giving the gift of her artwork and selling it for charity for a better cause,” Amanda said. The exhibition attracted close to 100 guests, with some people coming from the US, Australia, Thailand and Sweden.

If you can sing like Shawn Mendes, sashay like Taylor Swift or put the Strictly professionals to shame, then why not show off your skills at Jews Got Talent? The annual fundraising event, which last year raised £6,000 for charity, is holding auditions for this year’s event on 22 September in Golders Green. Successful participants will then compete at the live finals in February, in front of a packed audience and panel of judges including Jewish News editor, Richard Ferrer, and music producer Harvey Gold-

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Poppy seller who survived Auschwitz dies Tributes have been paid to poppy seller Ron Jones, who survived a prisoners of war camp in Auschwitz and a death march, after his death aged 102. The non-Jewish retired steelworker, who died on Sunday, was a prisoner of war in the Auschwitz concentration camp after being captured

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during the Second World War. Jones, from Newport, South Wales, collected for the Royal British Legion poppy appeal for more than 30 years, stopping last year aged 101. He was called up to fight in 1940 and served as a lance corporal in 1st Battalion Welch Regiment in the Middle East.

He was captured in Benghazi, Libya, in 1942 and, after nine months in Italy, was transferred to forced labour camp E715, part of the Auschwitz complex. After two years at the camp he was forced to join the “death march” of prisoners across Europe at the end of the war. He was freed by American troops and finally returned home to Newport and his wife Gladys in May 1945.

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Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks this week revealed he proposed to his wife Elaine within weeks of meeting – while she has told how he cleans her muddy boots to help him think. The couple, who married almost 50 years ago after meeting at Cambridge University, exposed the softer side of their relationship in an interview with last week’s Sunday Times Magazine. Sacks, who served as Chief Rabbi from 1991 to 2013, said he “bought a ring from Woolworths” and got down on one knee at Oxford Circus within a month of meeting Elaine, who was there training to be a radiographer. In their Relative Values interview, Sacks said his own father was “impossible to satisfy” and that he had not been “the world’s greatest father” himself. “I was a little distant,” he said. “I travelled a lot as Chief Rabbi and I was always thinking about my next speech.” He also described “a lack of belief in myself,” adding: “There’s some

FERRARI FALLS FOR THE WALL LBC host Nick Ferrari praised the “extraordinary aura” of the Kotel after visiting Israel for the first time education charity ORT UK. The broadcaster flew to Israel where he toured Jerusalem with his partner Clare and the charity’s boss Dan Rickman and trustee Mark Mishon. “You can’t overstate the significance of what I’ve just been through. There’s an extraordinary aura of calm and devotion. Nothing compares,” he said. “I thought I was moved when I went to the Basilica in Rome, but this is like nowhere like this on the planet.” Ferrari toured the Old City, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and exploring its shuk before placing a note in the Western Wall. Ferrari then travelled to the charity’s Kfar Silver Youth Village outside Ashkelon, eight miles from Gaza, where he spent time with students. The school run by the charity’s Israeli branch was founded 60 years ago for children arriving in from the diaspora.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with wife Elaine on their wedding day and as they are today

kind of pain, which is perhaps an inherited thing. There is a sadness in Jewish music, a kind of minor key, that I heard when I was two or three years old. It’s an existential sadness I can’t eliminate, however hard I try. That’s probably what allows me to communicate with people who are unhappy.” Elaine, who said she was seen

as “a little old” when she became a mother at 25, describes giving up her career to raise the couple’s children and the “intrusive” security measures after Sacks became Chief. A middle-class girl from Willesden, who was initially shy and reticent at official functions, Elaine recalled how a breakthrough moment came when a friend told

her: “They’re terrified of you.” This led to her opening up publicly. She also described how bootcleaning makes her husband happy. “If we go for a muddy walk, the next day I will find my shoes sparkling clean,” she said. “Jonathan likes cleaning them. If everything is tidy, then his mind is clear to think.”

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Cancer survivor campaigns for early detection of BRCA gene A courageous cancer survivor is raising awareness of a rare genetic mutation most commonly found among people of Ashkenazi descent, writes Mathilde Frot. Louise Ben-Nathan, 42 (pictured), from Ealing, recently entered remission after being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. The rare form of breast cancer can be linked to a mutation of the BRCA gene, carried by an estimated one-in-40 Ashkenazi Jews. Louise’s mum and grandmother were both diagnosed with cancers often associated with the genetic mutation, but she discovered about the risk following her diagnosis at the age of 40. The former camera assistant described her surprise when her consultant asked whether she was Jewish, suggesting she could be a BRCA mutant. “I thought ‘I’ve become a member of the avengers or something’,” Louise joked, during an interview with Jewish News. Louise, who worked in film and TV for 20 years, was planning a trip abroad when she found a lump in her left breast in January last year. “I was quite lucky because I would have possibly been working on a film that was

shooting abroad when I found my lump in the shower,” she said. “I was slightly horrified because I knew that if I’d been abroad I would have probably

ignored it. I just thought to myself ‘I better get a test before I go travelling,’” she said. “I turned up going ‘it’s just a cyst, which I’ve had before’, and suddenly things didn’t

quite go as planned.” Louise received chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a lumpectomy and double mastectomy to treat her rare form of cancer not susceptible to hormone replacement therapy. She is on the road to full recovery and is telling her story to raise awareness of the potential risk. “I am trying to get the Jewish community to talk about our health and take the time to get things checked out,” she said. To this end, and to raise funds for cancer research, Louise is hosting a casino-themed fundraising night at a North-West London location on 3 November. Prizes will include a weekend trip away with a BMW and an iPad. She is also planning a signed bottle auction on the Instagram account @cheers2charity, with celebrities Judi Dench, Damian Hill, Phoebe WallerBridge all tipped to take part. All proceeds will go to the Institute for Cancer Research and Chai Cancer Care, the charity that supported Louise during her cancer journey.  Find out more about the event at events

Community must be screened, say experts The Jewish community should be screened for genetic mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer, according to researchers at London’s Queen Mary University. A study, published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, called for genetic testing across the community. Researchers said Ashkenazi Jews are five times as likely to carry a mutation of the BRCA 1 and 2 genes, which are linked to

ovarian and breast cancers. BRCA mutations put women at a higher risk of both ovarian and breast cancers while also increasing the risk of male breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers, researchers said. “Our findings support introduction of genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer genes across the entire Jewish population, beyond just the current criteria-based approach,” said Dr Ranjit Manchanda, who led the research.

Early detection of genetic mutations could potentially save many lives in the community, the study found. “Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease that is usually diagnosed late, with less than half surviving five years and only a third surviving ten years after diagnosis,” Dr Manchanda said. The study found that a majority (60 percent) of carriers do not qualify for BRCA genetic counselling under current NHS policy.

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MEMORIAL DECISION DUE ‘Blood’ on councillor’s car A decision on plans for a Holocaust memorial and learning centre in Victoria Tower Gardens is expected to be made in November at the earliest, Jewish News understands. It has cross-party support in Parliament and the backing of the past five prime ministers and leading faith representatives. But it has also faced staunch criticism from heritage groups and residents, who say it is in the wrong place and will obstruct historic views. Clare Annamalai, a member of the Save Victoria Tower Gardens campaign group, has said: “We don’t think you should build in parks and particularly small historic parks of this kind.

The scale… is deliberately obtrusive because it’s intended to be shocking and attentiongrabbing,” she added. Meanwhile, descendants of an abolitionist honoured with a fountain in the park have written to the government opposing plans for a Holocaust memorial beside Parliament. Some 19 descendants of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton laid out their concerns to the government about the proposed memorial and museum. They put their names to a letter to the Daily Telegraph last month, deploring the “design, scale and location of the memorial”, saying it would “destroy the peace of the park”.

South Wales Police are investigating reports blood was smeared on a councillor’s car while it was parked outside her home in Cardiff. Councillor Jayne Cowan, whose late father was a member of Cardiff United shul, reported the incident to police – days after allegedly getting a death threat by telephone. Officers are looking into determining whether it was deliberate and whether it was linked to other incidents previously reported by Cowan. The councillor, who is receiving support from the Community Security Trust, expects to receive a panic alarm from the

police in the coming weeks. She has been representing her ward for two decades, and estimates she has been targeted by abusers for around 12 years. She said she has had fish thrown in her garden and dog faeces smeared on her windows. While she was standing in 2016, swastikas were daubed on campaign boards stuck in friends’ and family members’ gardens, she said. “With the increase of the swastikas and things, it does look as though it is motivated towards me because I have Jewish family,” she told Jewish News. “I thought we had moved on from that but obviously we haven’t.”

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war-warning to the “tyrants of Iran,” a nuclear threat presentation, a visit to Hebron (promising that there will always be Jews there), a reiteration of his threat to annex chunks of the West Bank, and PR visits to western capitals. He’s also been warning Jewish voters that Blue and White would govern with the Joint List, echoing his infamous 2015 Election Day warning that Arabs were “voting in droves”.



A: They did. Netanyahu’s Likud tied in top spot with the new Blue and White Party led by three former IDF chiefs and an ex-journalist and TV presenter. Both won 35 of the 120 seats. A majority of 61 is needed to govern, and Likud was more likely to win over smaller parties, from the right-wing secular, to the religious-nationalist, to the ultra-Orthodox, so Netanyahu was asked to form a government. He tried, but Avigdor Lieberman refused to sign up his five-seat Yisrael Beitenu without a promised end to the Charedi exemption from IDF service. Netanyahu couldn’t offer that and keep ultra-Orthodox partners happy, so it’s back to the polls.


From left to right: Avigdor Lieberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ayelet Shaked, Ayman Odeh and Benny Gantz are all major players in the upcoming Israeli election. Pic: JTA

A: There have been several mergers, so fewer parties will win more seats. The chareidi parties (Shas and United Torah Judaism), Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu and Blue and White are ‘as was’. Everyone else has merged. Likud has gobbled up Kulanu. Arab parties have united under a Joint List. Left-wing Meretz has joined forces former PM Ehud Barak and firebrand former Labour MK Stav Shaffir to form the Democratic Union. Former centreleft powerhouse Labour (which won 52 seats this time 50 years ago, under Golda Meir) has merged with Gesher, having won just 4.4 percent of the vote in April. To the right, newly-

merged Yamina is an amalgamation of three parties, led by Ayelet Shaked. This is the party of settlers. Third on its list is Bezalel Smotrich, who wants a “Torah justice system” and who calls LGBT Jews “beasts”.


Yes, he probably will. Despite the fact he may be jailed for corruption, fraud and breach of trust in the next 12 months, many Israelis can’t see anyone else as their PM. Besides, he’s a canny operator, and has been doing everything possible in recent days to firm up his right-wing support base. That included a

A: It’s happened before, and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility. In April, Gantz and Lapid had to swear blind that they wouldn’t work with Netanyahu in order to get the “anyone but Bibi” vote. Now the honeymoon is over, they may see fit to rule with Likud. You can imagine that Netanyahu as prime minister, Lapid as foreign minister and Gantz as defence minister would work for all three, with Likud retaining the finance, justice and education ministries.


A: It’s possible, if Likud cannot mathematically govern without Lieberman, but then again you can imagine kingmaker Lieberman talking to Blue and White, given that both oppose the Charedi draft exemption. For Lieberman, it would be the ultimate twofingered salute to his former boss. But then, there could be yet another election in a few months’ time as stalemate is a likely outcome.

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Bahamian Jews pick up pieces after Dorian Up to 1,000 Jewish expats living in the Bahamas were left picking up the pieces this week as the death toll from Hurricane Dorian continued to rise, writes Adam Decker. The storm, which hovered over the islands for two days last week while at Category 5 strength, eventually moved on to the east coast of the United States, avoiding Florida and weakening before drenching the Carolinas. Among the organisations helping in the Bahamas was Israeli humanitarian group IsraAID, B’nai B’rith International and Chabad, which reported that the Jewish community in the capital Nassau had had a lucky escape. “Nassau was relatively unscathed by Dorian,” said

Rabbi Sholom Bluming, a co-director of Chabad of the Bahamas, who was coordinating supplies such as food, drinking water and mosquito nets from large Jewish communities in south Florida. The worst-hit area of the Bahamas archipelago was Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, where hundreds of people are still missing, after 185mph winds ripped buildings apart and left the airport under four foot of water. “Our focus is providing relief to people stranded in Abaco, getting in touch with residents there, making sure that supplies and aid get to everyone who needs it… being there to help every person in need,” said Bluming. “It’s been incredible to note the tremendous outpouring of support from Jews

around the world. My inbox has been filled with hundreds of emails asking to help in the relief effort.” As the death toll reached 43 [it now stands at 50], Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said: “We are in the midst of an historic tragedy in parts of the northern Bahamas… The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.” IsraAID, a humanitarian aid agency, has sent an emergency support team to the Bahamas, telling supporters last Sunday it was providing psychological first aid. Meanwhile B’nai B’rith began accepting donations to its Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected. Donations will go to assist local recovery and rebuilding teams, the group said.

Rabbi Sholom Bluming, head of Chabad of the Bahamas, lends a helping hand

Hezbollah claims it shot down Cameras allowed Israeli drone, IDF says it ‘fell’ in polling stations Lebanese terror group Hezbollah claims it shot down an Israeli drone over southern Lebanon. The incident comes amid rising tensions along the border between the two countries in recent weeks. A Hezbollah statement said the drone was downed with “suitable weapons” over Ramieh village and that the terrorists now have the wreckage. The Israeli military said a “drone on a routine mission in northern Israel fell”, without elaborating on what it was doing or how it was brought down. It said the drone was “simple” and

Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon

that there was no risk of a breach of information if it fell into enemy hands. The military said the drone fell on Sunday, not Monday, and the reason for the discrepancy was not clear. Last month, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said his group would confront and shoot down any Israeli drones that enter Lebanese airspace, raising the potential for conflict. Nasrallah spoke after authorities said one alleged Israeli drone crashed in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, landing on the roof of a building that houses Hezbollah’s media office, and another crashed in a plot behind the building. Last week, Israel and Hezbollah traded fire for the first time in years. Hezbollah launched anti-tank missiles at an Israeli armoured vehicle near the border, causing no casualties. Israel retaliated with artillery fire into southern Lebanon.

Israel’s caretaker cabinet led by Benjamin Netanyahu has approved a law allowing thousands of activists to film voters at polling stations, days before the country’s election. The so-called Camera Law, which critics say is aimed at intimidating Arab communities, is being rushed through the Knesset (parliament), despite Israel’s Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit and the Knesset’s own legal adviser saying it may be unconstitutional. Analysts at the Israel Democracy Institute described it as “a misuse of political power from a transitional government” and “an unprecedented decision that adversely affects the status of the Attorney General”. Chief among those pushing for cameras to be used has been the prime minister’s Likud, which jointly topped the polls during the country’s election in April, winning the same number of seats as Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid’s Blue and White. Opponents said the Camera Law was designed to stop Arab Israelis from voting. In 2015, Arab turnout was 63 percent but in April it dropped to 49 percent.


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Europe’s missing museums

Late Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, and Latvian President Andris Berzinns, left, attend the opening of the Zanis Lipke Memorial Museum in 2013

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Holocaust museums are still missing from key historical sites, writes Cnaan Liphshiz In the capital of Lithuania, an institution formerly known as the Museum of Genocide Victims barely mentions the murder of nearly all the country’s Jews by Nazis and locals, focusing instead on the years of abusive Soviet rule. In Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city, another so-called museum hosts festivals and summer camps on the grounds of a former concentration camp for Jews known as the Seventh Fort, where the victims are not commemorated. In the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, a Holocaust museum called Tkuma features a controversial exhibition on Jews complicit in Soviet policies that led to a mass famine, known as the Holodomor, a whole decade before the Nazis began implementing their “final solution”. And in the capitals of Romania and Ukraine, where Nazis and collaborators organised the murder of more than 1.5 million Jews, there are no national Holocaust museums at all. Infighting and debates about history and complicity have prevented their opening. These are just a few examples of a broader trend in Eastern Europe, where institutions whose stated goal is to educate the public about the Holocaust end up trivialising, inverting or ignoring it altogether. Commemoration activists from the region blame a varying mix of factors, including nationalist revisionism, anti-semitism, a lack of funds, personal animosities and incompetence. All these elements are on display today in the ongoing sagas of the National Museum of Jewish History and Holocaust in Romania, which does not yet exist, and the House of Fates museum in Budapest, Hungary, which exists but remains closed five years after its scheduled opening. In Bucharest, disagreements over what began as a generous municipal plan in 2016 to finally establish a Holocaust museum this year deteriorated. The city’s deputy mayor, Aurelian Badulescu, threatened to unveil in Bucharest a bust of Ion Antonescu, the war-time leader who collaborated with Hitler. His threat was seen as a measure to spite local Jews. The municipality, which designated for the project a magnificent building that was formerly a bank in the city centre, failed to get the proposal approved. Opponents of the plan wanted the museum moved to the city’s outskirts. After protests by two groups – the government institution charged with running the museum, the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania, and the MCA Romania watchdog on anti-Semitism – Badulescu announced his plan to honour Antonescu. Badulescu also wrote to Maximilian Marco Katz, a Romanian Jewish citizen who was born in Bucharest and who heads MCA, a letter

The Tkuma Holocaust museum in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro

telling him to “go back where you came from”. The museum’s future is currently uncertain. Meanwhile in Budapest, the House of Fates museum, located at a former train station where Hungarian Jews were shipped off to be killed, has been standing empty for about five years owing to a dispute between the Federation of Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz) and the government. It involves the government’s appointment of Maria Schmidt, a historian accused of minimising the Holocaust by equating it to Soviet domination, to head the museum. To break the stalemate, the government this year tasked EMIH, a Chabad-affiliated group, to head the museum. EMIH has said Schmidt is out. The Jewish infighting has further stalled the project, in a country where critics say a right-wing government seeks to whitewash Holocaust-era collaboration. An acclaimed Holocaust museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center, opened in 2004 on Budapest’s Pava Street with government funding. But it has suffered from internal fights, cutbacks and a decline in visitors that have raised doubts about its viability, historian Ferencz Laczo noted in 2016. Inter-communal rivalries have also featured in the seemingly interminable effort to build a Holocaust museum in Kiev, Ukraine. It began in 2001 and is ongoing. But alleged attempts to whitewash Holocaust-era complicity in Nazi-occupied territories is at the heart of much of the dysfunctionality surrounding Holocaust commemoration in Eastern Europe, according to Dovid Katz, an American-born, Vilna-based Yiddish scholar who in 2016 published a comprehensive essay on the subject. Katz writes of a “drive to equalise Nazi and Soviet crimes [that’s] part of a larger effort to cleanse ‘the lands between’ (in Eastern Europe) of their historical record of wartime collaboration”. A more sophisticated technique is what Katz calls “double genocide” – the lumping together of the Holocaust and Soviet occupation, often with the latter eclipsing the former, as in Vilnius’ genocide museum. In 2011, after years of complaints that fate of Jews was ignored, the museum directors added a small plaque to its cellar referencing the killing of Jews. Still, the museum is almost entirely devoted to Soviet rule and to defending the position of Lithuania as the only

country in the world that considers the country’s domination The House of Fates Holocaust museum in Budapest by the Soviet Union as a form of genocide. Polish officials have claimed that there have been about 70,000 Righteous in Poland, although said Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “But not Yad Vashem has recognised fewer than 7,000. when it comes instead of the recognition of With rescuers who have been recognised by Yad Vashem, their elevation in Eastern Euro- complicity in Nazi crimes, that is missing in the pean museums is “in itself a worthy cause”, post-communist countries today.” [JTA]


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BIBI IRAN CLAIM ‘A PRE-POLL PR STUNT’ Benjamin Netanyahu has told Iran that Israel “knows” it has been “conducting experiments to develop nuclear weapons” near the city of Abadeh, at a recently-destroyed facility. He said: “This is what I have to say to the tyrants of Tehran: Israel knows what you’re doing, Israel knows when you’re doing it, and Israel knows where you’re doing it.” Netanyahu made the claim during a pre-election TV address on Monday. His rivals called it a PR exercise to bolster his security credentials ahead of next week’s election.

DEFENCE LOBBYIST REPLACES BOLTON US President Donald Trump has appointed a Jewish defence expert to replace sacked John Bolton as his interim National Security Adviser. Charles Kupperman has been labelled the wrong choice by commentators who cited his ties to the Center for Security Policy. Among the theories allegedly pushed by the CSP is the suggestion that “the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US government”, according to reports.

Igbo Jewish leaders ‘flourish’ More than 250 young African adults from around 70 Igbo Jewish communities have completed a week-long Jewish leadership and learning course in Nigeria. Around 4,000 Nigerians define themselves as Jewish, and the Israeli educators who flew to the populous West African country last week said there was now a “growing number” who identified with Judaism. Some of the country’s Igbo Jewish communities, who consider themselves descendants of a Lost Tribe of Israel, are only several years old, with the largest – in the capital Abuja – established 20 years ago. Last week’s gathering in Onitsha was run by Jerusalem-based outreach organisation Shavei Israel, together with activist and educator

4,000 Nigerians identify as Jews

Danny Limor and the Nigerian Jewish Youth Movement. Seminars included classes in Hebrew, Torah and Shabbat activities, as well as singing and dancing. “Most of the communities have at least one place of study or synagogue

where members gather for daily and Shabbat services,” said an organiser. “The Igbo are one of Nigeria’s largest ethnic groups, and among them is a minority of 4,000 people practicing Judaism and defining themselves as the descendants of a Lost Tribe of Israel.” US-born Shavei Israel founder Michael Freund said: “In recent years, a growing number of Igbo in Nigeria have chosen to embrace Judaism and learn more about the culture, faith and heritage of Israel and the Jewish people. We decided to answer their call.” He added Shavei Israel was now working with Igbo Jewish communities “that are now flourishing in places such as Lagos, Abuja and Anambra state”.

Gallery returns Nazi-confiscated medieval art A German gallery has returned two late medieval panels to the heirs of a Jewish businessman who had his art collection seized by the Nazis, with a British Jewish charity set to benefit from any future sale. Dating from around 1455, the two predella panels depicting the life of St Clare of Assisi were returned this week by Berlin’s Old Masters Gallery. They were produced by

The work by Giovanni di Paolo

Italian painter Giovanni di Paolo, who illustrated Dante’s texts. They were among the large

pre-war art collection of Jewish businessman Harry Fuld Sr, founder of one of Europe’s largest telecoms companies who died in 1932. The company and collection flowed to his wife and sons, but in 1937 all assets were expropriated by the Nazis, and his paintings seized. The two panels were the latest in a series of Fuld Sr artworks returned by European institutions.

Progressive rabbis slam annexation bid Progressive rabbis and Zionist activists in the UK this week criticised Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley if he is re-elected. Senior Reform and Liberal rabbis said the announcement was “a direct threat to the viability of a two-state solution” that would “alienate the Diaspora”, which had no desire to impose sovereignty over a third of the West Bank. In his comments on Tuesday, which seemed aimed at galvanising the prime minister’s rightwing support base ahead of next week’s election, Netanyahu said annexing large chunks of the West Bank was now an “historic opportunity”. He said he wanted to wait for Donald Trump’s US peace plan “out of respect” before annexing more sensitive areas, but that Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, a 2,000 mile strip of land comprising 30 percent of the West Bank, could be applied “immediately… if I receive a clear mandate to do so from the citizens of Israel”. The arid valley, which runs from the Dead Sea in the south to Beit Shean in the north, has been occupied by Israel since June 1967, but the harsh environment means only 8,000 Israelis live there in dozens of small agricultural communities. However, UK Jewish progressives said snatching sovereignty would widen the schism between Israeli and non-Israeli Jews. Yachad, a Zionist group opposed to settlement expansion, said the announcement “shows the extent to which Netanyahu is willing to completely undermine the possibility of any kind of resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict”.

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Risk and reward Last week Boris and Bibi shook hands on the steps of 10 Downing Street. This week it’s interesting to ponder whether either will still be their nation’s elected leader by the year’s end. Both have elections coming up – Israel’s is next week and Britain’s is probably, possibly, maybe, going to be at some point before Christmas, or after, depending on Jeremy Corbyn and Brussels and a host of other things. For Benjamin Netanyahu, London was business as usual, or at least that’s the impression he hopes to give with these foreign stopovers. The question they surreptitiously pose is: “Can you really imagine anyone else doing this, representing Israel like this?” For Boris Johnson (or “Yeltsin,” as the Israeli leader mistakenly called him back in Jerusalem) it is anything but business as usual, because among the many things Brexit has done is bin the concept of ‘usual’ in British politics. Still, chaos often breeds creativity and Boris clearly fancies a crack at the voters. Despite his parliamentary headaches, he is on a high – overwhelmingly elected by Conservative members, having headed the winning referendum team. Before that he was twice elected Mayor of London – a staunchly Labour city – so his confidence at the ballot box could be forgiven. Yet if he thinks he’s a shoe-in, he should speak to Theresa May. She also thought she’d walk it when she called an election in April 2017, but lost seats so spectacularly that for a moment it looked as if Jeremy Corbyn might become the UK’s next prime minister. A word to the wise. Yet for both Bibi and Boris, an inner confidence in their ability to do the job, and an innate belief that they are the right man to do it, seems to help enormously. Confidence translates, as does any lack of (sorry, Theresa). Like them or loath them, both now give the impression not only that they will win but that they will do what they said they will do, whether that be to annex the West Bank or to leave the EU without a deal, just as Trump followed through on his pledge to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and move the US embassy to Jerusalem. One can only wonder what Mr Corbyn would follow through on if he were to snatch power from a divided and increasingly right-wing Conservative Party. The risk and reward of rolling the dice has never seemed greater in these two countries we hold dear.

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Brexit and populism Dan Perry wrote a piece about why Jews should back a second referendum (Jewish News, 5 September 2019). He mentioned the dangers of nativism and populism, movements that no doubt should keep the Jewish community on high alert. But what he failed to mention were the causes of such sentiments in Europe – namely, the European Union. For a number of decades, the European Union has sought to centralise power and federalise Europe, without much regard for differences between nations, whether social or economic. This is the root of the problem. Could you imagine the US in a single market with Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras or, for that matter, Israel in a customs union with Lebanon, Syria and

Iraq? Although the differences between Britain and other European countries may not be nearly as extreme, they nonetheless exist and deserve recognition. Boris Johnson in Any attempt Dublin this week to suppress those differences through supranational projects are destined not only to fail, but to be replaced by something a lot worse, especially for us Jews – namely, radical nationalism. In my view, the only true liberal solution for Britain, and for its Jewish community, is not to cancel Brexit, but to embrace it. When it comes to the ever-rising threat of radical nationalism, Brexit is the solution, not the problem. Evan Sinclair By email




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I AIM TO BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN REMAIN AND LEAVE VOTERS Since being unveiled as the prospective Parliamentary candidate for Hendon, I have been astounded by the level of support from the community. The warmth and optimism shown towards me and fellow candidates during recent canvasing has filled me with confidence of a strong result in the inevitable upcoming elections. I do, however, feel that as a leaver it is incumbent on me and my fellow Brexit enthusiasts to empathise with the other side of this debate, especially given the strong feelings. Remain and leave voters across the country

made informed decisions and acted on judgement, based on their world view. It is important both sides take time to understand the stance of the other instead of disregarding it. I am also aware our community, for good reason, has a hesitance to embrace the unknown with regard to new political parties and socalled ‘populist ideas’. I want to use my candidacy to work at bridging the gap between remain and leave voters while also engaging with the community to explore the new opportunities of Brexit.

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What ignorance Is it harrassment? I don’t know what’s more shocking: the ignorance of the signatories of the letter ‘Please don’t settle for this’ of the League of Nations San Remo Declaration of 1920, Oslo Accords and international laws, or the prominence you gave to it (Jewish News, 5 September).

In light of recent events reported in your newspaper, if a husband or wife demand that their giving or receipt of a get (bill of divorce) is dependent on the payment of a large sum of money, why is that not considered to be an act of illegal harassment?

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Willesden Cemetery tells our community’s story ALEX BRUMMER



s a city editor of national newspapers for several decades I must admit that, however sad the occasion, I have always been uplifted by visits to the Willesden Cemetery. The noise from the bus station nearby may be distracting, parking difficult and the prayer hall was leaky and in need of restoration. That is something which is now happening with the grant last year of a £1.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, which is enabling the ground to be open to the public and the establishment of educational and museum facilities through a ‘House of Life.’ In much the same way as Highgate Cemetery is a place of homage for Jeremy Corbyn and his Marxist pals, as the burial place of Karl Marx, so Willesden is a place of homage to British-Jewish capitalism. At this time of the year, as Jewish families across the country visit the burial places o f family members ahead of the

Yamim Noraim (High Holidays), I suggest they look around them and reflect on the life stories of those around them. I know, for instance, that when I visit the Meadow View Jewish Cemetery high up on the downs above Brighton, with a milky blue vista over the English Channel, there is much to dwell upon. As well as several generations of my own relatives, there are rabbis, cantors and teachers who were an inspiration to me when I was growing up. They lie alongside stones commemorating heroes of the Shoah and plaques in memory of young men from Brighton and Hove who laid down their lives for their King and country. Willesden has a special dimension for


me. Among the burial stones it is possible to trace the roots of some of the nation’s great commercial families. It goes without saying that there are Rothschilds galore. But who remembers these days that Marcus Samuel, Lord Bearsted, founder of Royal Dutch Shell, the largest company quoted on the London Stock Exchange, is among those buried there. He lies in Willesden along with Sir John Cohen, who 100 years ago founded Tesco. Also among the buried are Lord Weinstock, creator of the General Electric Company, much of which now forms part of BAe Systems. There are countless property tycoons including major figures behind Land Securities and British Land, as well as members of the Wolfson and Sieff retail dynasties. There is a tendency in our community to undervalue the great contribution Jews made and continue to make to 20th- and 21st-century jobs and prosperity. M&S has long been a community favourite, partly because in the earliest days of Israel it pioneered the import of fresh foods from the struggling Jewish state to the UK. It is among the reasons why so

many of the 150,000 army of M&S private shareholders are Jewish – even though the Marks and Sieff family leadership disappeared long ago. M&S may be struggling but other Jewish family dynasties are thriving. Great Universal Stores (GUS) may have been broken up in the 1990s and noughties but (Lord) Simon Wolfson is keeping the flag flying at Next. It is the UK’s most successful clothing retailer, which now has a market capitalisation of £8bn. Another outgrowth of the former Wolfson collection of brands, Burberry is Britain’s most successful luxury goods emporium. And Tim Steiner, scion of the Elemis cosmetics and beauty empire, is founder of online shopping champion Ocado. At Willesden, it is possible not just to reflect on commercial triumph but on intellectual achievement too. The scientist Rosalind Franklin, a strong candidate for display on the new £50 banknote, is among the interned. The cemetery’s restoration to glory is a fitting recognition of British-Jewish contributions to society, well-being and prosperity.

Double standard at the heart of Westminster JACK MENDEL ONLINE EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS


f you supported a Sikh MP calling out Boris Johnson’s alleged “racism”, but condemned former Labour MPs for calling out antisemitism in their party, YOU are the problem. The notion that Labour takes all racism – including antisemitism – seriously, is a mantra repeated time and again under Jeremy Corbyn. But when some racism is demonstrably taken more seriously than others, when antisemitism is dismissed outright, this world view rapidly falls apart. This week, Sikh MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi stood up in Parliament and hit out against Johnson, over a column he wrote branding Muslim women in face-veils

as ‘letter boxes’. Dhesi asked if wearing religious items offers an open invitation “to make derogatory or divisive remarks about our appearance”. One would be hard-pressed to disagree with him, and following his dramatic speech, which led to rare applause in the Commons. Activists and politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn, praised him. Days later, Ivan Lewis MP, a Jew in a kippah, and Ian Austin MP, son of a Holocaust survivor, stood up in Parliament to criticise Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism. They were loudly rudely mocked and dismissed by the same Labour MPs who loudly supported Dhesi Lewis, who quit Labour citing Jew-hate, told the Commons that Corbyn’s “leadership had led to the party of anti-racism and equality becoming the party of institutionalised antisemitism, so much so… that the majority of Jews in this country feel they would not be safe in the event of him

OBVIOUSLY, LIZ MCINNES KNOWS THE VIEWS OF UK JEWS BETTER THAN UK JEWS DO becoming prime minister”. That remark was drowned out by boos and disapproval, while MP Liz McInnes could be heard telling him: “You’ve really let yourself down.” Obviously, she knows the views of the majority of British Jews better than he does. Austin gave a speech, saying he quit to “shine a spotlight on the disgrace it’s [Labour] become under his leadership because I regard myself as proper, decent, traditional Labour.

“Not like the extremists who have taken over this party and are dragging it into the mud”. McInnes interrupted, saying: “You’re not welcome here” and “why don’t you go and sit over there”, pointing to the Tory benches. The problem in Labour is clear-cut for many in the community. There is a double standard when it comes to fighting antisemitism, compared with all other forms of racism. Labour insists it is the torchbearer for anti-racism, yet its MPs routinely indulge in nonchalant dismissal of Jew-hate as a political tactic. When Tan Dhesi stood up to rightly call out Islamophobia, he was praised. When Ivan Lewis and Ian Austin stood up to call out Jew-hate, they were shamefully ridiculed. Corbyn’s Labour cannot have it both ways. Either the party fights for what is right full stop, or only fights for what is right when it’s politically expedient to do so.

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Protecting Israel’s values keeps us connected to it ADAM OGNALL



or the first time in Israel’s history, its citizens are returning to the polls for the second time in a year. It might be tempting – especially considering Britain’s own febrile politics – to dismiss the elections as simply a re-run, but next week’s deserves our attention. It matters for Israel’s future trajectory. And for those concerned about the centrality of Israel to UK Jewish life, they may have consequences too. Between the two election campaigns, there have been several developments that will affect the results and government formed. The political parties have restructured, building alliances. While neither the parties on the right nor the left have fully united, the unions forged likely ensure safety for the bigger ones, while small parties risk failing below the electoral threshold. The period has also been marked by heightened tensions over religion and state, char-

acterised by far-right politicians calling for a ‘Halachic state’ and Avigdor Lieberman’s refusal to accept ultra-Orthodox demands on military exemptions for yeshiva students – the issue that scuttled the formation of a government in April. Other issues of religion and state have come to prominence, from whether the Afula municipality can force gender segregation at a music event in a public park, to comments towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from senior religious political figures and parties, to accusations of antisemitism over Yair Lapid’s depicting the ultra-Orthodox squeezing money from the state in an election ad. A third trend sadly outliving the last election is the unprecedented level of racist and vitriolic campaign rhetoric, whether against Israel’s Arab citizens or directed at nongovernmental organisations working with asylum seekers or others. Through the lens of Israel-diaspora relations these debates really matter. In light of the 2018 Nation State Law, they point to a fundamental debate as to Israel’s direction, especially over issues of equality and

COULD THE ISRAELI ELECTION RESULT AFFECT BRITISH JEWISH ATTITUDES TO ISRAEL? democracy. We see this play out with Israel’s Supreme Court, which is now a political ‘hot potato’, not only becoming a battleground for controversial matters such as the occupation, the rights of asylum seekers or freedom of religion, but also its own standing and legitimacy becoming a political dividing line. It is incumbent on us to watch closely and consider the implications. Could the results affect British Jewish attitudes and attachment to Israel? Will our younger community members go the way of their US peers and show increasing indifference to, or detachment from, Israel? In June, the American Jewish

Committee found only 44 percent of 18-29-yearolds agree ‘caring about Israel is an important part of my being a Jew’, compared to 77 percent of the 50-64-year-olds. The decline in support for Israel is attributed by many commentators to the divergence in politics, religion and identity between Israeli and US Jews. This should be understood in the current global context: fault lines over democracy and the rise of populism. In the US/Israel case, we can see this in attitudes towards US President Donald Trump, where his favourability ratings among Israelis is a reverse mirror of US Jewish disapproval. We are not immune to these trends in the UK. Our involvement and support for Israel must include concern for safeguarding Israel’s democratic institutions and its values of protecting minority rights and the rule of law. Done well, this not only furthers our community’s proud record in strengthening Israel, but presents a values-based way forward to ensure younger generations do not drift from Israel or dismiss its relevance to their Jewish life.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen

1 SHABBAT WALKERS A group of 65 teenage boys aged 14 to 17 raised £74,000 for charity Shabbat Walk after completing a twoday 140-mile bike ride from north west London to Corfe in Dorset, with an overnight stay in Southampton. Cyclists were accompanied by 15 adult riders, seven drivers and a Hatzolo ambulance. Following the ride, the group was treated to lunch at the Normandie Hotel and an afternoon at Dorset Adventure Water Park.

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Goats, sheep and chickens were among the farmyard animals visiting Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet, to the delight of residents, relatives and staff from the three homes, who enjoyed stroking the animals from ARK Mobile Farm, patting the friendly Labradors and feeding apples to goats. The centre’s living well team manager Pawel Moczulewski, said: “Connecting with animals can be a therapeutic, positive experience for older people and it was great to share this with relatives and staff too. Everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon and the ARK Farm animals were so calm, friendly and well-behaved.”

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Eighty-two-year-old volunteer Lorna Bennett received a top award from charity All Aboard after serving its East Finchley shop for more than two decades. Barnet Mayor, councillor Caroline Stock, attended a ceremony held at the shop, speaking warmly about the importance of volunteering and praising Lorna for her commitment to the charity. Alan Haynes, CEO of All Aboard, congratulated and thanked Lorna. Head office and shop staff and other volunteers as well as Lorna’s family joined her in the celebrations.



Lawyer Vanessa Lloyd Platt and campaigner Lorraine Bushell, pictured in the Palace of Wesminster, went to Parliament to advocate for legislative changes to enshrine in law grandparents’ right to a relationship with their grandchildren. Also attending the action day were MPs Matthew Offord and Nigel Huddleston and Dame Esther Rantzen, broadcaster and founder of Childline.





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Scene & Be Seen / Community







A 10-year-old boy from Finchley has set up a jam shop ahead of the High Holy Days to raise funds for World Jewish Relief. “Lots of people like our jam because it’s seasonal fruit, and a lovely Rosh Hashanah gift. We even know a few people who put the apple jam on their Yom Tov table,” explained Josh, who chose to raise money for WJR because the organisation helps people all over the world, whether they are Jewish or not. You can place an order on www.jam-shop.webnode. com and collect jams from Finchley, Old Street or Green Park.



The Liberal Synagogue Elstree turned up the amps to 11, with a performance from eight-piece rock band Friday Night Rock Service in memory of late founding member Simon Cooper. Rabbi Pete Tobias told the congregation: “Even when those whom we knew and loved have left us, they alway leave something to remember them by. I can’t think of a better legacy for Simon than this band being here. To have a legacy as moving, thoughtful and joyful as the one we have just experienced is truly special.”


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Comedian and writer Hadar Galron treaded the boards in Bushey Synagogue for a performance of Whistle. The semi-autobiographical play is based on the early life of its Israeli author, Jacob Buchan, the son of two survivors, whose mother was a secretary for SS doctor Josef Mengele. The event was the first performance of Whistle in English outside Israel after its premiere in the Jewish state in April. Israel-based Galron was born in London, but made aliyah with her family as a teenager. Her trip to the UK was sponsored by WZO UK as part of its programme to promote Israeli culture to a wider audience.


The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) unveiled a blue plaque in Sandwich, Kent, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kitchener Camp, which provided refuge to 4,000 Jewish men rescued from Nazi-occupied Europe. Pictured from left are Adrienne Harris and Robert May, whose relatives were directors at Kitchener, with AJR trustee Frank Harding.


Shomrim’s open day on Clapton Common attracted thousands of children, who took to the common to watch a display performed by police dogs, enjoy free bike repairs and receive balloons and stickers. Emergency services and voluntary organisations held stands, including the police, the London Fire Brigade and Hatzolah. Special guests included Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, Hackney Councillor Kam Adams and community leaders from Hackney’s faith communities.

10 CRIME CONCERNS The Liberal Democrats’ mayoral candidate for London, Siobhan Benita, met executives of the Community Security Trust (CST) to find out more about the Jewish charity. “The big rise in antisemitic incidents that the CST deals with is also very worrying,” she said after the meeting. “London is a liberal city that embraces diversity. As mayor, I would do absolutely everything in my power to ensure that antisemitism and all incidents of hate crime were called out and treated with zero tolerance.” The meeting followed a morning Benita spent with residents of the Jewish residential care home Nightingale House in Clapham. She is pictured with CST chief executive David Delew and head of government relations Jonny Newton.

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Innovation / Weekend

10 ways Israel changed our lives in 2019 alone! As Israel edges into the Top 10 of this year’s Global Innovation Index, David Legmann looks at the best ideas this year from the high-tech nation 1. WATER FROM THIN AIR

About four-fifths of what we breathe is nitrogen, but the other fifth is oxygen, an important ingredient in water – so it was only a matter of time before Israeli researchers at the Technion Institute of Technology started using the sun to extract drinking water from the atmosphere in any given climate. Phase Exchange Thermoacoustics converts the sun’s energy into sound waves, which cool down water vapour in the air, before rapidly condensing into drinking water. The breakthrough could be of immense value in arid sub-Saharan countries.


Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are researching into using MRI scanners to identify diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Scanning for Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s. The scanners would be used to analyse the brain’s molecular composition with mathematical models, to determine if they indicate disease distinguishable from normal ageing patterns.

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In yet another first, Israel’s Eviation Aircraft has created an all-electric commuter plane – aka the Eviation Alice – which was exhibited for the first time at the Paris Air Show in June. If all goes well, the firm hopes to start manufacturing the nineseater plane commercially by 2021. The 12m x 16m craft has one propeller on each wing, plus another at the back, behind the rear fuselage. It has a cruising speed of 300 mph, with a maximum speed of 391 mph, and costs about £3million.


We know the heart pumps blood around the body, and that if it stops, we’re in trouble. But a start-up company in Kadima is developing a mini blood pump inside the heart that takes over when needed. If it makes its way through clinical trials and into production, this bit of kit from Magenta Medical, known as the Left Ventricular Assist Device, could save countless lives, allowing heart muscles to rest while still pumping blood. The pump would be removed once the heart is repaired. As the rate of heart disease skyrockets, the progress of this device is one to watch.


Tuberculosis has surpassed AIDS as the world’s leading infectious cause of death, killing an estimated 4,500 people every day. Now researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed a clever algorithm to predict the onset of TB, salmonellosis and other bacterial diseases. The algorithms were developed by analysing how immune cells respond to bacterial infection, and to what extent they were affected.

to help wounds heal. Crucially, the glue’s non-toxic properties allow it to be used for internal injuries, such as organ ruptures, as well as external ones.


Pharmaceutical products that help build or rebuild bone, and pharmaceutical products that deliver localised drugs already exist – but it took a team of Israelis in Be’er Sheva, in the Negev, to come up with a 2-in-1 combination. Their latest product, called Peptoss, is dual-function and set to be used in dentistry and orthopaedics. Composed of a peptide, it mimics the biological coding of proteins in bone tissue that promotes growth. It can also be pre-loaded with drugs, such as antibiotics, to help fix other related problems, all of which mark a significant advance in bone therapy technology.

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Israeli technologists at BioCatch have come up with a novel way of detecting online fraudsters. Special software looks at unusual human behaviour, such as atypical mouse or keyboard movements to determine if someone other than the real person is using an online account or computer. It was developed by observing the differences between normal client interactions with banks, and abnormal client interactions with fraudsters.

7. STICK YOURSELF BACK TOGETHER Forget stitches. Technion Institute of Technology researchers have come up with a glue gun filled with a non-toxic, yet flexible and entirely biodegradable substance, Glue for treating wounds

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem can now create embryonic stem cells from any normal human skin cells, without needing to use sperm or eggs – a world first. Their feat was achieved by identifying five genes that can be used to convert skin cells into the three different types of cells necessary for early embryonic development; those for the foetus, placenta and umbilical cord. One upside is its potential to pave the way for those who are sterile to have children.

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This year saw SpaceIL launch the world’s first private lunar mission, Beresheet. While the small spacecraft crashed after it failed to slow sufficiently on its Israel’s Beresheet mission descent to the moon’s surface, as a non-state exercise it broke boundaries and records. No other nation has come closer to leaving earth without the help of a government – and it is determined to try again.

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Weekend / Entertainment

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TELEVISION Celeb Bri Tea NEVER HAVE THERE BEEN SO MANY LAUGHS on public transport since On The Buses! Britain’s Got Talent impressionist Francine Lewis and Big Brother star Simon Gross are teaming up for Celeb Bri Tea, a zany chat show in which well-known personalities are interviewed on the bus, while enjoying a spot of afternoon tea. Guests include Bobby Davro (pictured below with Lewis), EastEnders baddie John Altman aka Nick Cotton, Queen of the Jungle Lady Colin Campbell and Love Island’s Marvin Brooks. Speaking about the show, the

Golden girl! Michelle Visage added glitter and sparkle to the new series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing as she made her first appearance with Italian dance partner, Giovanni Pernice, this week. Visage, who was born Michelle Shupack, is an American singer, TV host, radio presenter and judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. This year’s line-up includes TV personality Anneka Rice and former England goalkeeper David James. Taking to social media, Visage gushed: “OMG. This is going to be AMAZING! My @bbcstrictly partner is the king of jive himself, @pernicegiovann1 !! WHAT should our team name be???!!! #strictly.” The live shows air on BBC One later this month.

BOOKS Legacy: One Family, A Cup of Tea and the Company that Took on the World Thomas Harding presents a meticulously-researched rags-to-riches tale of the Jewish immigrant family behind one of Britain’s most well-known companies: Lyons & Co. For more than a century, Lyons was everywhere. Its restaurants and corner houses were on every high street, its coffee and tea in every cup, its products in every home. But it took immense hard work to reap such success. Just decades prior, Lehmann Gluckstein and his family escaped the pogroms of Eastern Europe to start a new life in London. Legacy charts their unprecedented rise and success, but also their tragic fall through the lives of five generations. Legacy by Thomas Harding, is published by William Heinemann, £25. Available now.



BIG THE MUSICAL Jay McGuiness (The Wanted) stars in the West End revival of the 1996 Broadway hit, written by John Weidman and based on the 1998 film starring Tom Hanks. Josh Baskin is a 12-year-old boy who has only one wish – to grow up. The star-studded cast includes Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly. Previews from 10 Sep until 2 November, www.


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talented 43-year-old said: “It’s completely bonkers and has a feel of Big Breakfast meets BGT! We have some fun guests, including Bobby Davro, who is just a legend and entertained everyone, as well as a Marilyn Monroe lookalike and some new, upcoming talent worth checking out.” Celeb Bri Tea launches on London Live, 7pm, on Friday.

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JO SPENCE AND OREET ASHERY: MISBEHAVING BODIES The work of Israeli artist Oreet Ashery and photographer Jo Spence are brought together in this exploration of chronic illness and the idea of ‘misbehaving bodies’. Spence’s work documents her diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent treatment during the 1980s, while Ashery’s work explores death and dying in the digital era. Until 26 January, 2020, at Wellcome Collection, Euston Road,

ETGAR KERET: BASED ON A TRUE STORY In his short stories, globally-renowned Israeli writer Etgar Keret plays with fantasy and reality. In this Emmy-winning documentary, Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm investigate why storytelling is an essential aspect of Keret’s life. Part of Pocket-Sized, a day-long festival celebrating short stories in print, digital and audio. On 15 September, 3.45pm at JW3,


HANINA PINNICK: 70 SMILES Last few weeks to view Hanina Pinnick’s visual project on Jewish humour. While most people focus on the performer, Pinnick captures the faces of 70 Jewish Londoners as their expressions are transformed by joy. Until 25 September at Jewish Museum London, www. jewishmuseum.


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Travel / Weekend


Zaki Cooper is struck by the beauty of Croatia’s coastal city and discovers more about its centuries-old ties to the Jewish community


stroll through the beautiful Croatian coastal city of Split on a baking hot day bears more than a passing resemblance to somewhere more familiar. It’s not just the architecture of the old city of Split that looks as if it has been made from Jerusalem stone. The hustle and bustle of the vendors on the narrow streets are also very reminiscent of the Old City. As we walked through the ancient street, we almost expected to turn a corner and see the Kotel, but instead we came across a small synagogue, dating back to the 16th century. Split Synagogue was built on the site of an earlier one from Roman times, which had been destroyed in a fire in 1507. It is dwarfed by the nearby Cathedral of Saint Domnius, completed in the 4th century and considered by some to be the oldest building in the world used as a church. The new synagogue followed Sephardi customs, since the bulk of the community here came from Spain, Portugal and Italy

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tia’s most celebrated artist. There’s also a following the Inquisition. At its height, the fascinating Archaeological Museum with community numbered several hundred, and more than 150,000 items on display. one of its leading figures, Daniel Rodriguez, We took a lunchtime stroll across the established a free port in the city. seafront of Croatia’s second largest city, Today, the synagogue is described as the which offers spectacular views. second oldest continuously used Sephardi shul Split oozes charm and there is plenty to do in the world, with the oldest, dating back to and see. We stayed 40 minutes’ drive away from 1352, located in Dubrovnik. the city, in a small town called Trogir, itself Climbing sets of stairs with my family, we conveniently located eventually reached not far from the the strikingly beauairport. tiful small sanctuary, Our flat had access which features an to a swimming pool, ornate Sefer Torah, and was under 10 a gift from a former minutes from a beauIsraeli ambassador. tiful beach. Nowadays, To discover a services are held semblance of Jewish intermittently when life in Croatia is a rabbi visits from uplifting considering another city. Split’s its appalling warJewish population Diocletian’s Palace, built in the fourth century time record. totals around 100, The Italian fascists held the city until 1943, although we are told there is active Jewish but the situation deteriorated further when life within Dubrovnic and Zagreb. control passed to the Nazis and their Croatian Split Synagogue is located near to the nationalist allies, the Ustaše. More than half People’s Square, an attractive area dating of Split’s 300 Jews were killed, either being from the 15th century. deported to the camps or fighting with partiOther popular tourist sites in the sans. Wartime prejudices lingered for decades city include Diocletian’s Palace, a wellafter and were evident in the renaming of preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site streets after Ustashe leaders in the 1990s. and Game of Thrones location, as well as a However, since Croatia declared indegallery named after Ivan Mestrovic, Croa-


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pendence from Yugoslavia in 1991, the small number of Jews in the country have lived relatively freely, and the ugly antisemitism of the previous era has seemingly Split Synagogue disappeared. Alongside this, Croatia has forged a friendly relationship with Israel since full diplomatic ties were established in 1997, and successive leaders have expressed remorse for their wartime record, including Croatian President Ivo Josipovic on a visit to Israel in 2012. Croatia may be a small country with a population of under five million, but it is among the top 20 most popular tourist destinations in the world and, having reached last year’s World Cup final, has attracted global attention. One of the most attractive features for visitors are the beautiful national parks. We visited Krka National Park, near Split, and enjoyed long walks, admiring the lakes and waterfalls.

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Weekend / Eat & Drink


ne of my most popular Shabbos lunches ever, which has subsequently become a regular, was this meat dish. The beef cooks all night in a crockpot (slow cooker) and is served, piled high, on a thick slice of challah. The glazed raisin rib falls apart and is delicious on the challah, which acts as an absorbent mop for all the lovely juices. Sometimes I add potatoes to the crockpot and at other times I make a potato salad to serve with it. Either way, it’s a winner every time.

All-night shredded beef 1. Combine the barbecue sauce, mustard, soup powder, cola and tomato paste until well mixed. 2. Place the raisin rib in a crockpot and arrange the potatoes (if using) around the meat. Cover all with the sauce mixture. This can cook in the crockpot on the low setting from sunset until lunchtime the following day. As it is a very forgiving cut of meat, it enjoys the slow cook. 3. However, if you’re a little more rushed, it may be cooked on high for four hours during the day, then turned down to low for another six to eight hours.


4. Another option is to roast the meat in the oven overnight at 110°C, but if you’re including potatoes, more liquid (about two cups) will be needed, as it is a drier heat than crockpot cooking.

INGREDIENTS 2 cups barbecue sauce (your favourite brand)

5. Also ensure that the roasting dish isn’t too large for the meat, otherwise the sauce will evaporate and cook out too quickly.

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Ki Tetze BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER The Torah provides us with instruction covering all aspects of life and in Ki Tetze, the opening words set out the rules of engagement when fighting a war against our enemies. This refers to physical battles, it could equally apply to not physical, but spiritual battles. The Chofetz Chaim teaches we have no greater enemy than the yetzer hara - the internal, negative inclination within each of us. It is this force with which we have to constantly do battle, as the Gemara states: “A person should always incite the good inclination to fight against the bad.” To explain this, he gives the analogy of two business partners, one stealing from the other in an unsophisticated way. Upon discovering the loss, the honest business man would, without doubt, rebuke his dishonest partner, even if the latter is unable to repay what he has stolen. But if the thief is very deceptive, giving the impression he is honest while all the time thinking of ways to conceal his fraud, then his partner must observe him very carefully. So too with the human condition. As the yetzer hara tries to prevent us from keeping Torah and mitzvot, our yetzer tov, the positive force within us, has to constantly struggle to keep us on the correct path. For anyone who thinks it’s a losing battle, the Torah promises we will enjoy Divine assistance if we undertake the fight and “God will deliver the enemy into your hand.”

 Rabbi Alex Chapper serves Elstree and Borehamwood Shul and is the Children’s Rabbi,

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What’s in a number?

BY RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF Nature works in cycles of seven, with seven cycles of seven being the fulfilment of the natural world. Hence there are 49 days of the omer and 49 years of the yovel (Jubilee cycle). The number 50 is the point of arrival in the final step of a journey. It is the idea of having travelled the full distance in order to arrive at the designated endpoint. The 50th day of the omer is Shavuot, when the Torah was given and the 50th year is the Jubilee, which is a reset button on many aspects of life. In both, we reach above the natural order in order to attain something higher. The Exodus from Egypt is mentioned precisely 50 times in the Torah to teach us that true freedom is something that happens in stages.

It was not enough for us to physically leave Egypt’s borders, but rather we have to rid ourselves of the slave mentality in order to be truly free.


In fact, the Hebrew term, yetziat mitzrayim, which is often translated as the Exodus from Egypt, actually means “taking Egypt out of us”. The miracles of the Exodus story freed us from our limitations and gave us the ability to transcend the natural order. Upon reaching the age of 50, one attains the stage of being able to offer counsel, eitza (Pirkei Avot 5:25). This is because the ability to offer advice requires one to rise above and beyond their own natural self in order to be as impartial as possible. When one reaches the age of 50, one attains the capacity to let go of personal interests and look at the bigger, broader picture. Interestingly, this stage comes at the culmination of the first 49 years of life’s journey, when we have been focused upon building ourselves and our immediate family.  Rabbi Naftali Schiff is founder and chief executive of Jewish Futures

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The Bible Says What? ‘Joseph was an arrogant, vain crybaby’ BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY Joseph is not only the longest unbroken narrative in the entire Torah – from Genesis 37 to chapter 50 – but also one of the most well known, thanks to the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. One thing that jumps out from his story is just how arrogant Joseph seems as a teenager. Favoured by his father and hated by his 11 brothers, he flaunts his dreams – pointing out he believes he will rule over them one day. One Midrash describes in much detail how long Joseph uses to spend fixing his hair and grooming – evidence that he was indeed spoilt and vain. It is not until later that we begin to see the hero beneath the pompous exterior. The amount Joseph has changed is evidenced by the fact that while he recognises his brothers, they do not recognise him. But there is also a fascinating

aspect to his personality that we don’t see on stage - Joseph is a crier. He is unique in the Torah in that he is depicted crying four times in the Bible and a fifth in the Midrash. However, he does not cry in his moments of despair and crisis – but rather in his moments of revelation and reunion. “Big boys don’t cry” might be well known song lyrics, but with Joseph the opposite is true. When he was a young man we never saw his vulnerability, even at the bottom of the pit, but as an adult he lets the tears fall. Joseph teaches us how to be an adult – that leaders need to be empathetic, feel the pain of others and be able to show it. This is perhaps a lesson many of us need to heed and practice.

 Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships

Progressively Speaking Is the suspension of Parliament in line with Jewish values? BY STUDENT RABBI DEBORAH BLAUSTEN With the prorogation of Parliament, a debate arises over whether suspending government business will ensure the democratic will of the people is carried out – or is actually an obstruction to democracy by an unelected minority seeking to do the opposite. While democracy is not a Jewish principle, the notion that the majority’s voice has legal sway was established in Talmudic times. In a famous rabbinic argument, Rabbi Yirimiya even dismisses God’s ability to intervene in democracy by explaining the Torah has already set out the principle that we follow the majority. Exodus 23:2 states: “You shall not side with the majority to do wrong, you shall not give false testimony in a dispute so as to pervert it in favour of the majority.” The Torah introduces two important caveats. The first

explains that even if there is a majority decision, if it leads to harm it should be resisted. In the second instance, we should be alert to false information that leads to a majority decision. These caveats matter because they establish an important ideathat our allegiance must be to higher principles than process. When judging the actions of a government, we shouldn’t question only whether something is technically possible, but also whether that action jeopardises the government’s ability to

perform its central duty of care to the citizens of a country. With prorogation comes real concern that vital legislation may now not be heard – including the proposed Domestic Abuse bill. Torah specifically mentions our duty to protect the widow, the orphan and the foreigner. A shortened legislative window increases the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, making the rights of EU citizens and the stability of the Irish border issues of particular concern. The proroguing of Parliament could become a problem if it increases the risk of harm to the most vulnerable in society – and instead strengthens the cause of those willing to put politics and personality above their human and civic duty.  Deborah Blausten is a rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College

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“I’LL SAY IT STRAIGHT OUT: I DON’T LIKE PAYING TAX.” With our extensive knowledge of both onshore and offshore investment options, we can create a bespoke plan for you that is tax efficient and best suits your circumstances. Any wealth manager can only (and is only allowed to) advise you within the limits of their expertise. It stands to reason that if that expertise is broader, the range of options you can be offered will also be broader. Only a small minority of wealth managers and financial advisers, for example, feel comfortable advising about offshore options.

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These are types of UK Trust arrangements with the over-arching aim of reducing the eventual Inheritance Tax bill on death. They allow the gifting of a lump sum into a Trust whilst retaining a life-long ‘income’ from that money or access to the original capital.

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“HOW DOES GOING OFFSHORE HELP ME WITH MY PENSION?” Even if you’ve reached the Lifetime Allowance of £1,055,000, or the annual contribution allowance, which could be as little as £10,000 (depending on your earnings), all is not lost for tax-efficient retirement planning. Offshore Wrappers can be an effective alternative, allowing you to defer tax on your investments. At Sycamore Wealth, we are experts in both offshore and onshore options, and can advise you on what makes most sense for your personal financial circumstances. For more information please contact Grant Benjamin on 020 3114 2112 or email us at Sycamore Wealth LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 797157) Address: Churchill House, 120 Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, London NW7 2AS. Registered in England. Reg No. OC420402

Investments can go down as well as up and past performance should not be seen as an indication of future performance. We carry out a full assessment of your financial situation prior to offering advice.

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